The "guest of honor" spot at book fairs is often controversial -- in 2009, China's honorary status at the Frankfurt Book Fair raised hackles and eyebrows, as did Saudi Arabia at Book World Prague in 2011. What does it mean to have a country "honored" at a fair?
Last week, contributor Kate Kasimor walked the grounds of the Sharjah International Book Fair, which runs through November 16. She shared a few photos and a few of her thoughts from the talks.
This past week, both the Dubai-based Emirates LitFest (March 4-8 2014) and the Sharjah Book Fair (November 6-16 2013) released their programs; both of which are filled with big literary names.
Images courtesy of a mystery photographer and the Twitter feed of @ShjIntlBookFair:
International publishers are meeting in Sharjah again this year, the thirty-first year of its international book fair, although only the fourth in its new guise as one of the world's important trade fairs. The Sharjah fair -- in some ways in competition with the Abu Dhabi fair for the top spot in the UAE -- … Continue reading Sharjah International Book Fair Opens, Tunis Fair Closes
Today, the Sharjah International Book Fair's pre-fair professional program wrapped up with a few speeches, an interesting (brief) presentation from Jon Malinowski about PubMatch.Com, and a pair of "matchmaking" sessions. The idea behind these matchmaking sessions was to pair publishers, agents, and rights-buyers across languages and cultures so that they could discover more about one another's … Continue reading Day 2: Sharjah Book Fair Professional Program
Sharjah International Book Fair organizers, intent on putting their fair on the map of must-attend literary events, announced 2011's roster of events today. This year's fair, the city's 30th, is set to run from November 16-26. Much like the (myth of the) Emirates itself, the fair seems to have appeared out of nowhere just a … Continue reading Sharjah Announces 2011 Book Fair Events
Last week, Ahmed Al Amri, the director of the Sharjah International Book Fair, announced the opening of a $300,000 translation fund to celebrate the fair's 30th anniversary.
Zeinab al-Mansi and I asked around---hey, what do you think of the government-organized book fairs?---and got a number of different answers.
Meanwhile, the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) seems to have caught the crazy virus, and is planning to hold a make-up, semi-international book fair during Ramadan. That is, in August. And not on the fairgrounds, but on Faisal Street.
The AFP reported yesterday that "Iraq concludes first book fair in 20 years."